Even supporters of the National Health Insurance disagree on what the shift will mean, especially for private medical schemes, writes Amy Green in a Health-e News report. Meanwhile, the SA Department of Health has again lashed the media and other critics, saying that Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi had predicted ‘a war’ by those ‘ideologically opposed’ to the NHI.
Even among those who support the implementation of universal health coverage in the form of a National Health Insurance (NHI) there is disagreement on what the shift will mean especially for private medical schemes, writes Amy Green in a Health-e Newsreport.
Green writes that according to the new NHI White Paper, the role of medical schemes inSouth Africa will change fundamentally with the implementation of a universal healthcare system. The first victims will be government schemes, including the Government Employee Medical Scheme (Gems), the Police Medical Scheme and the Parliamentary Medical Scheme (Parmed)…..more